Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Angela Fry

Branch President

Manager, Toowoomba & South West Region, GHD


0439 701 746 

SWQ Branch committee

Andrew Johnson 

Works Manager, Somerset Regional Council

Dereck Sanderson
District Director (Darling Downs), 

Department of Transport and Main Roads

Luke Tanner

Manager Works, Goondiwindi Regional Council

Maddy Stahlhut (Ambassador)

Graduate Engineer


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Madison Stahlhut

IPWEAQ Ambassador, SWQ

Maddy has just started her career with GHD in Toowoomba after undertaking an internship with Toowoomba Regional Council. Maddie wants to motivate young women and men to become involved in engineering and showcase the benefits of what an engineering career in public works can offer.

A record 191 delegates joined us for #SWQ19 in Gatton. Thank you for joining us!

The Conference Handbook is available for download. The videos of all presentations are accessible for IPWEAQ members in our globally-recognised Knowledge Centre.

Thank you to our Partners, Exhibitors, and Sponsors, and our host councils, Somerset Regional Council and Lockyer Valley Regional Council!


The #SWQ19 Bike Tour 'Toogoolawah to Moore' was also a hit! 

Please join Team IPWEAQ in the ride to fight MS for the MS Queensland Brissie to the Bay bike ride this June.

Contact Johanna Vanling for more information.

Cindy and Michael Kinion, David Bell, Angela Fry, Andrew Johnson, Maddy Stahlhut, Stephen Mow, Mike Brady

SWQ Branch President's Report, March 2019

The 2019 SWQ Branch conference is now just days away and we have another high-quality program with nine CPD hours over two days.

Our YIPWEAQ program offers an opportunity for our younger professionals to deliver presentations at all our conferences and we are delighted to have the current Young Engineer of the Year, Haydn O’Leary from Toowoomba Regional Council presenting a paper on project learnings.

As you would be aware, we regularly address the issues surrounding the long-term financial sustainability of local government particularly as they relate to engineering decisions made by councils.

Our panel session for the Gatton conference sees an engineer, a councillor and a consultant take on this issue. Please be ready with your challenging questions!

We have presentations from local government:

Presentations for water:

Issues surrounding our roads:

Technical products:

And a number of other papers of interest including:

The Keynote address this year will be delivered by TBA from LGAQ on the future of waste management.

And of great importance to all of us, please be at the Gatton Bowls Club (Sage on Hickey) for barefoot bowls and a couple of cold drinks. It is $5 to play with proceeds going to the President’s Charity, MS Queensland.

We will also be launching the IPWEAQ Bike Club with the inaugural ride over the award-winning Brisbane Valley Rail Trail! The 30km ride starts at Toogoolawah and finishes in Moore in what should take most of us about five hours.

So, join us and more than 120 other delegates from all 14 councils in the SWQ Branch region.

And thank you once again to the Goondiwindi Regional Council for hosting a satellite breakfast for the President’s Breakfast on Friday 8 February 2019!

Angela fry

SWQ Branch President